I have some serious love for Stacy London she hosts one of my favorite shows What Not To Wear has the same passion for fashion and love for high heels that I do and can be a blunt bitch when necessary and sweet as pie the next minute. She is a great spokeswoman for Pantene hair products and does it even with a contract that allows her to keep her streak of grey hair that she has had since she was 11 due to her medical condition psoriasis. She also is a spokesperson for National Psoriasis Foundation which i think is a great use of her fame. Stacy loves herself, which i think is how we should all be and has stated “I have been every size in my life. I’ve been smaller than a zero, up through a size 16. I’ve had lots of issues with body image and weight my whole life and it really took a great deal of work to recognize that at all those weights, no matter how I felt, I could still find a dress that made me feel sexy and powerful.” See why I love her?
Anyhoo, i came across a great quote by Stacy last week and I thought it would be the nice starting point for this Project HF post.
“Don’t get hung up on the size. If you feel bad about yourself because a 12 is what fits, take a Sharpie, and write ’6′ on the label”
A lot of us really get way too hung up on the label. Some people consider that an indicator of their personal health and a detriminent to our happiness too. It’s the same as people who freak out over 10 new pounds on the scale that can’t handle going up a size in clothes either and it is just as ridiculous. Your opinion of yourself and whether your healthy and beautiful or not should not be based on how you fall into the scheme of things size wise compared to a fit model. It’s just dumb. Sizes are supposed to be there so we at least have a starting point when shopping for clothes and trying things on and thats it.
So lets say you’ve always been a size 14 and on your last shopping venture nothing in that size fit right. It was too tight in the thighs or didn’t button unless you held your breath. ”But I’m a size 14!” you groan out in anger. Well apparently maybe in that store, or that fit, or hell maybe you’ve just grown a bit, you need to move up a size. Don’t be in size denial just because you don’t like the idea of a larger number on a stupid tag that no one is going to see anyways! What service is it going to be to you or anyone else trying to squeeze into that smaller size just because the tag is more to your liking? First off if you do wear it your going to be uncomfortable, secondly if it’s too tight it’s probably going to synch in weird places and not be very attractive on you. Give in go up a size and work it, no one but you is going to know that it’s a size 24 instead of a 22, and even if they did who the fuck cares?
Something I love about alot of plus sized stores (especially my local favorite Torrid) is that they have changed their sizing to a different scale that I think promotes size acceptance and also helps us to feel better about ourselves. Torrid which in regular size patterns starts at a size 10 calls that a 0 then sizes go up respectively to 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. I really enjoy the fact that I can put on a dress that the tag will read size 2. Any possible negative thoughts about myself that could arise (we all have our moments) just don’t when I am shopping this size scale. Their sizing is not threatening, embarrassing and makes for a more positive shopping experience in my opinion. Another reason shopping at plus sized stores is WONDERFUL!
Lets say you are at a point where you are in between sizes. Something great about ignoring the number and going up a size is it gives you a chance to tailor and make it fit YOUR body perfectly not just the fit models. When you buy something a bit bigger rather than too tight it allows you to take control of the garment instead of letting the garment control you. Think about it, when you buy an item that is a bit too snug, it is in complete control, you can’t bend and move to your heart’s content, sometimes you can’t breath as deeply as you like, you end up pulling it down and tugging at it all day… see it’s not only controlling you but also putting a damper in your day! If you buy something, lets say a dress, bigger its your choice what you do with it. Maybe you wear it a bit loose & go for that comfortable hobo chic look, or maybe you pair it with a great belt to bring it in at the waist and accent your curves, maybe you take it to a tailor and get it taken-in in all the right places…bottom line is what you do with the garment is up to you, YOU ARE IN CONTROL. Isn’t being the boss of your own wardrobe fabulous?
So still can’t get see past the number on the tag than hell follow Stacy’s idea get out that Sharpie and write over it with the size you like. Either way figure it out and feel Happily Fatshionable in your clothes no matter what the size!
Next on Project Happily Fatshionable the The Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini Elephant In The Room. STAY TUNED!